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Modern American Women Writers

In this rich examination of some of America’s leading writers, learn how the lives and work of thirty-two women shaped the literature they produced.

Based on the acclaimed hardcover edition, this concise revision of Modern American Women Writers is a unique look at a century of women’s contributions to the American literary tradition.

The essays included within this book are by the best scholars in the field of women’s studies and combine illuminating biographical detail with thoughtful discussions of each authors work. Featuring an introduction from distinguished feminist critic Elaine Showalter, Modern American Women Writers is “an outstanding reference source” for anyone looking to discover how women writers have shaped American literature(American Reference Books Annual).

Elaine Showalter is an American literary critic, feminist, and writer on cultural and social issues. She is a founder of feminist literary criticism in American academia, specifically known for developing the concept of gynocritics. She earned her PhD at the University of California, Davis and is a recipient of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.